KELLY + RYAN // HOLLAND, MI WEDDING


when my cousin kelly asked me to be her photographer about one year ago, i was geeked, [ and also, to be honest, a little skeptical ].  like, are you sure you're sure, you're sure?  you're not just doing me a favor or feel obligated bc we're family + all that?  the last thing i ever want is for anyone to feel like they have to use me as their photographer simply because we know each other, ya know?  she assured me that no, they actually liked my work + were 100% in.  so it began.

these two live in indy - so we planned a quick engagement session last summer over a weekend they were both visiting home.  they were hoping for more of a woodsy vibe on the wedding day, so we took to the beach of rosy mound natural area + captured what might be my most favorite photo of all time : 

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it was also the first time i really got to know ryan,  [ + ryan + kelly as a couple ].  i was smitten after our shoot, to say the least.

flash forward a year of planning over email + speakerphone chats + it was wedding day.  my cousin madison, also a photographer, tagged along as my second shooter // videographer + my other cousin curt was the officiant - so the whole day was one big family affair.

many things were memorable about their day - but kelly's entrance literally made me a big pile of weepy goo as i stood in the aisle.  shooting her walk through those big wood swinging doors + then moving to ryan's tear-filled face at the altar sent chills up my spine in excitement, emotion + happiness for these two amazing people starting something new.

their vows were equally intimate + brought their audience from laughs to tears simultaneously.  i remember at one particularly quiet moment, i stood a good distance down the aisle, taking it all in.  i remember hearing a sound - that i could only attribute to the sound of a hundred people smiling at once.  oh, you didn't know smiles have sounds?  they totally do. and it totally happened a million different times that day.

congratulations, kelly + ryan.  thank you for including me in your amazing day.  love to you both on this next chapter of your love + life together.

xo - t

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VENDOR DETAILS : hair + makeup : jamie at body perfections // florals : linda blackmore (family friend) // invitations / programs : shine invitations // bride's dress : kenneth winston | becker's bridal  // bridesmaids dress : azazie // catering : Gilmore collection // dessert : lesley gallatin